Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat isn’t making excuses for his team’s poor start to this year’s Hyundai A-League season.

The Victorians were runners up in both premiership and the grand final last year but now sit winless with just two points from a possible 12.

“It’s not in my nature to give people the easy way out,” said Muscat. “If you just look at results, we have to turn it around.”

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Victory were without star striker Besart Berisha who is serving a two match ban for pushing an official. That absence stretched an already shallow squad thin but Muscat believes that he has the players to do the job.

“The most frustrating thing is that I think we’ve played within ourselves. We have so much more to offer,” said Muscat.

In a game where Victory trailed in both possession and opportunities it was the visitors who seemed happier to take the the point.

“It was a fair result. Both teams had a number of chances,” said Muscat.

That assessment wasn’t shared by Mariners’ coach Paul Okon who felt that his team were unlucky not to pick up their first win of the season. After a fairly even first half it was the home side that looked most like winning it late and Okon thinks there’s positives to take from the game.

“Performance wise I’m happy with the team. That’s probably the closest we’ve come to a complete 95 minutes,” said Okon.

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Complete or not, the Mariners are also winless and they will need to be more ruthless in front of goal then they were on Sunday night. With four teams unbeaten Okon knows that his team need to get a move on and he believes the results are just around the corner.

“The confidence and belief hasn’t wavered. That first win is going to come,” said Okon.

They’ll have their chance to show that next week when they travel to play the cellar-dwelling Brisbane Roar. Meanwhile, things don’t let up for Victory who will play host to the unbeaten Western Sydney Wanderers on Melbourne Cup eve.

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Football fan, writer, and post-grad journalism student at the University of Technology Sydney. Joined the team in 2017 to cover Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners.